Importing network NIS maps

To use Access Manager to import a standard network NIS map into Active Directory:

  1. Open Access Manager.
  2. In the console tree, navigate to the specific zone into which you want to import NIS maps.
  3. Expand the console tree to display NIS Maps.
  4. Select NIS Maps, right-click, then click Import Maps.
  5. Select whether you want to connect to the NIS server and domain or import the information from a text file, then click Next.

    • If you are importing maps directly from an existing NIS server, type the name of the NIS domain and NIS server. Using this option requires network connectivity to the NIS server from the Window computer you are using.
    • If you are importing a map from a text file, click Browse to navigate to the map file you want to import. If you cannot connect directly to the NIS server, you should export the NIS database to a file; then import the information using this option.
  6. Select the NIS maps to import if you are importing directly from an existing NIS server, or type a map name and define the file format if importing from a file, then click Next. The Import Maps wizard does not validate the information to be imported. If the map has invalid entries, they are imported as-is.

    If you importing from a text file:

    • Type a Map name that describes the type of map being imported. In most cases, you should use the base name that identifies the configuration file used to generate the NIS database. For example, use hosts to identify the map generated from the /etc/hosts file.
    • Type the Field separator character used to separate fields in the map file.
    • Type the column number that defines the start of the Key field.
    • Specify any additional options as appropriate for the file you are importing. For example, select Comments are included in the file after and type the character used to designate comments if the file includes comments.

    For Access Manager to correctly interpret the map file, you need to provide accurate information about the file format, such as the type of separator used between fields.

    Because the Centrify NIS server does not include comments in response to service requests, you must save the map to a text file and import from that file to retrieve comments contained in NIS maps.

  7. When the import is complete, click Finish.
  8. After importing NIS maps, restart the adnisd service.